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Joe Jackson Previews Upcoming Album and Tour with Intimate New York City Concert

Credit: Jacob BlickenstaffJoe Jackson previewed his upcoming U.S. tour and his about-to-be-released studio album, Fast Forward, at an intimate show Thursday night at The Cutting Room in New York City.  Jackson played a variety of his best-known songs at the concert, as well as a few lesser-known gems, along with showcasing some selections from Fast Forward.

Jackson began will a short solo set that kicked off with "Different for Girls," from his 1979 sophomore album, On the Radio.  The early part of the show also included a cover of The Beatles' "Girl," prior to which the British singer/songwriter informed the audience that he'll be featuring a couple of songs by other artists at his gigs throughout the tour.

Jackson soon was joined by a three-piece backing band that included his longtime bassist Graham Maby, as well as guitarist Teddy Kumpel and drummer Doug Yowell.  Joe went on to play such classics as "Is She Really Going Out with Him," "You Can't Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want)," "Sunday Papers" and "On the Radio," as well as a brooding, atmospheric rendition of his biggest hit, 1982's "Steppin' Out."

The concert also featured seven songs from Fast Forward, including Jackson's unlikely cover of the influential punk-era New York City band Television's "See No Evil."  As previously reported, the album will be released next Friday, October 2, and features four sets of four songs recorded in four cities around the world -- New York City, Amsterdam, Berlin and New Orleans.  Maby played on the tracks that Jackson recorded in New York.

Jackson kicks off his tour in support of Fast Forward this Tuesday in Seattle, and the trek runs through a November 4 concert in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Here are all of the dates on the tour:

9/29 -- Seattle, WA, Neptune Theatre
10/1 -- Portland, OR, Revolution Hall Roofdeck
10/3 -- San Francisco, Golden Gate Park
10/4 -- Los Angeles, CA, Palace Theatre
10/5 -- Los Angeles, CA, Palace Theatre
10/8 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
10/10 -- Dallas, TX, Majestic Theatre
10/11 -- Houston, TX, Cullen Performance Hall - University of Houston
10/12 -- Austin, TX, Paramount Theatre
10/14 -- New Orleans, LA, Joy Theater
10/15 -- Atlanta, GA, Center Stage
10/17 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
10/20 -- New York, NY, The Town Hall
10/21 -- New York, NY, The Town Hall
10/22 -- Boston, MA, Wilbur Theatre
10/23 -- Washington, D.C., Lincoln Theatre
10/25 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead
10/26 -- Albany, NY, Hart Theater - The Egg
10/29 -- Northampton, MA, Academy of Music Theatre
10/30 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Danforth Music Hall
11/2 -- Chicago, IL, Thalia Hall
11/3 -- Chicago, IL, Thalia Hall
11/4 -- St. Paul, MN, Fitzgerald Theater

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